Returning to the Center

The Real Source of America's Urban Revival

A commonly discussed when talking about walkability and urban development is the return of population to city centers over the past decade after the flight to the suburbs through the middle of the last century, a trend particularly driven by young adults. A new study looks at some of the reason why there has been a shift. Understanding what makes particular neighborhoods appealing to all demographics can help us design more livable neighborhoods in the future.

So what it seems is it’s not that the environment has changed in a way that favors downtown. It’s that the preferences of people have changed in ways that favor the downtown—in particular the preferences for these highly urbanized amenities, like in entertainment services.
— Victor Couture